May 26, 2024

Sunderland Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman is watching the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Swansea City at the Stadium Of Light in Sunderland, on February 24, 2024. (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Sunderland’s chances of signing Luciano Rodriguez become cleare

Luciano Rodriguez was a former target of the North East side

Former Sunderland target Luciano Rodriguez is wanted by City Football Group – the company who own Manchester City and many other teams across the world.

City Football Group want Luciano Rodriguez

The 2003-born Uruguayan winger, who is part of his country’s squad for the current set of international games, is being seriously considered by the group, according to football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

They are expected to make a bid of up to $15 million for the forward, who plays for Liverpool UY in his home country, but they wouldn’t exceed that price, as per Romano. It is unclear which team in the group’s portfolio of clubs that he would go to, should a deal be made.

luciano rodriguez celebrating under-20 world cup win

Sunderland were linked to the youngster back in November by journalist Alan Nixon. He said that the club’s head of recruitment, Stuart Harvey, had been over in South America to watch Rodriguez. The Sunderland Echo described him as: “an ambitious target for the Black Cats.”

Football content creator Nathan Joyes, who specialises in South American football, revealed how much he thought Sunderland might be able to get him for. “In terms of cost, Fabricio Diaz moved from Liverpool to Al-Gharafa in the summer for around €6-8million (£5-7 million),” said Joyes. “I’d guess Rodriguez’s fee would be close to half that amount.”

luciano rodriguez celebrating under-20 world cup win

The natural goalscorer has caught the eye of many other top clubs in Europe. Reports from Spain suggested that both Real Madrid and Barcelona were interested in signing Rodriguez, as per the Echo, while Romano added that Dutch club Feyenoord have wanted the Uruguayan since the start of the January window.

luciano rodriguez celebrating under-20 world cup win

All of this interest from Europe will be pleasing to the forward, as he is reported to be keen on a move to play his football on the continent.

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